News – Summer Edition 2024


This month we are delighted to announce that we have two new board members Shane Qin and Friederika Kaider.

Shane is a Urology Research Fellow at Austin Health currently under Professor Damien Bolton. Aspiring to be a Urologist he has been involved in the care of many patients affected by bladder cancer and sees the challenges they face. Shane is taking over the role of secretary from past member Marc Diocera.

Friederika established herself in academia, teaching in the fields of industrial relations, human resources management and work integrated learning (Australian Catholic University, RMIT, Victoria University) then moving into academic development at Deakin University.

Health-related, she served on the Academic Board for the Institute for Integrative Medicine in recent years. Friederika also brings to the Board the voice of a bladder cancer survivor, having been diagnosed in 2012.

We would also like to give a vote of thanks to Colin Bridges and Marc Diocera who helped us for six years. They have been key contributors to the charity.
Read more on our board page


Artificial intelligence (AI) has been in the spotlight in recent years and is strongly believed to be able to impact all areas of healthcare in the future.

Bladder Cancer is one area where extensive AI research is being undertaken in diagnosis, recurrence and survival.
Read more


PATIENT feedback: My neobladder was installed in 2011 and it has been a “leaky boat” forever. Involuntary spasms of the bowel tissue made to form the neo bladder are frequent. Some medications worked to settle it down, but a few years back I tried Botox injection into the neo bladder. It did reduce the incontinence marginally, so I went for another dose some months later. Again… not earth shattering. Earlier this year, I decided to have another dose after a long hiatus. This time the improved continence is quite good and sleep is much less interrupted. Worth a try for those with leaky Neos!


The Federal Government recently (November 2023) launched a 10-year plan to improve the outcomes and lived experience of all people with cancer in Australia.
Six strategic objectives underpin the plan.


USANZ – 24-27 Feb 2023 – Adelaide

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Have a great summer and make sure you all slip slop slap! Board

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